Howard-Johnson's Late Goal Lifts Men's Lacrosse to 10-9 NESCAC Win over Camels

NEW LONDON, CT - Junior Kyle Howard-Johnson scored with 3:11 remaining in the fourth quarter to break the game's fourth tie and give the Tufts men's lacrosse team a 10-9 NESCAC win at Connecticut College on Saturday afternoon.

Kyle Howard-Johnson scored the game-winner for Tufts

The #1 ranked Jumbos had all they could handle against a Connecticut College team that is winless in the league. Tufts led 9-6 early in the fourth quarter before three Camel goals tied the game at 9-9 with seven minutes remaining. Junior Peter Gill assisted Howard-Johnson's game-winner.

The Camels were able to force two Tufts turnovers in the final minute of regulation and had one last shot at the buzzer that sailed just wide of the cage.

Junior John Uppgren led the Jumbos with four goals and two assists. Tufts improved to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in the league. Howard-Johnson finished with three goals and an assist.

Seven players scored goals for Connecticut College (2-7, 0-4), including two each by Max King and Briggs Barton. Ben Parens dominated face-offs for the Camels with 17 wins.

Barton scored the game's first two goals, including a man-up tally, giving the hosts a 2-0 lead. An Uppgren goal with 3:53 left in the first made it 2-1 Camels after one.

Howard-Johnson tied the score at 2-2 with the first goal of the second period, but Tucker Mscisz and Parens scored seven seconds apart to put Conn ahead 4-2. Uppgren and Howard-Johnson's goals for Tufts brought the score to 4-4 at halftime.

Tufts took its first lead 53 seconds into the second half on a goal by Garrett Clarke. Uppgren followed at 13:40 and it was 6-4. However, the Camels fought back on goals by Alex Calabro and Max Luing tying the game at 6-6 with 9:14 remaining in the third. The back-and-forth action continued as Tufts had the next two to end the third up 8-6. Junior Connor Bilby and Uppgren (man-advantage) netted the goals.

When sophomore Austin Carbone scored at 12:15 of the fourth, it appeared Tufts had begun to pull away like they typically do. However, down 9-6, the Camels received goals by Wyatt Tompkins (10:37), King (man up at 8:21) and King again (6:58) tying the score. However, the Jumbos would get out of town with the win as Howard-Johnson scored his third of the game.

Alex Salazar finished with 10 saves to earn the win in the Tufts goal. Bobby Bleistein stopped 12 shots for the Camels. The hosts would finish with a 51-37 advantage in shots for the game. They also posted a slim 21-20 lead in groundballs.

Junior midfielder Chris Sawyer corralled a team-best five ground balls while adding three caused turnovers for Tufts.

The Jumbos host undefeated Williams in NESCAC action Tuesday at 3:30. CC is at Trinity on Wednesday at 6 pm.